Note: Rowan Online is a division of Rowan Global Learning & Partnerships. This guide is for Rowan Global faculty teaching online and hybrid courses—not LMS-requested courses.
At Rowan Online at Rowan University, we focus on providing faculty with the resources to effectively develop and create an online or hybrid course based on the content and activities of your traditional face-to-face course. Our resources currently include articles in our Knowledgebase, as well as one-on-one training with your assigned Instructional Designer. With many of these resources accessible 24/7, we hope to hope to empower you to learn at your own pace, and ultimately to better facilitate the development and instruction of your course in Canvas.
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Part 1: Accessing Your Course in Canvas
Part 2: Course Organization in Canvas
Part 3: Configure Your Settings in Canvas
Part 4: Working with the Syllabus and Overviews in Google Drive
Part 5: Voice-Over Lectures and Supplemental Course Materials
- Voice-Over Lectures:
- Click here to learn how to record voice-over lectures using the Camtasia Studio PowerPoint Add-in (PC Users).
- Click here to learn how to record voice-over lectures using the Camtasia Studio for Mac (Mac Users).
- Supplemental Course Materials:
- Handouts & Resources:
- Email any supplemental course materials (i.e. Rubrics, appendices, articles, etc) you want included in your course to your assigned Instructional Designer. Be sure to follow and meet the deadlines listed in your Course Development Schedule.
- Do you want any exams administered online in your course in Canvas? If so, as an instructor, you must organize and format the exam questions in Microsoft Word according to the formatting guide (see How do I format an exam for Respondus?).
- Once you've formatted the exam for Respondus, email any exams you want administered online in your course to your assigned Instructional Designer (see How is the exam exported into the LMS using Respondus?). Be sure to follow and meet the deadlines listed in your Course Development Schedule, as well as settings for the test (i.e. date and time availability, point values, etc).
Part 6: During the Instruction of Your Course
- What should I do in Week 1 of my class?
- Verify that students have accessed your course:
- Contact students who have not yet accessed your course in Canvas:
- Welcome students to the course:
- View and reply to Week 1's discussion boards:
- How do I view and reply to Discussion Boards in Canvas?
- You can view and reply to Week 1's discussions as desired. As the instructor, we recommend monitoring discussion boards throughout the week to keep students on track and guide the discussion. Doing so gives students a strong sense of your teaching presence and that you are readily available to them. Discussion boards, which are a shared space in online courses, are one way to contribute to sense of community and help students feel connected to one another in an online learning environment.
- Be sure to also monitor the Office Hours discussion board every 48 hours for student questions. The Office Hours discussion board is located under Discussions and is a class-wide discussion that all students can access and post to.
- If your course includes a Self-Introduction discussion board in Week 1, we recommend posting your own introduction on this discussion board so students can get to know you as well as their classmates. You can review the introductions that your students have posted and respond to each, or to the entire class in a single post, as a way of welcome.
- Enroll students into their groups:
- How do I add, more or delete students from Groups in Canvas?
- If your class is set up to use groups for an assignment, you can enroll students into groups or you can ask your assigned Instructional Designer to do so for you.
- Students can add or drop the class within the first week. During Week 1, check to see if anyone has been added to the class and add these students to a group.
- Grade discussion board participation and assignments (if due) at the end of Week 1:
- How do I grade Discussions using the SpeedGrader in Canvas?
- How do I grade Assignments using the SpeedGrader in Canvas?
- How do I grade Exams and Quizzes using the SpeedGrader in Canvas?
- How do I mute and unmute a graded Assignment, Discussion or Exam in the Gradebook in Canvas?
- By default, Canvas allows students to see assignment grades as soon as the instructor has graded the assignment. In some cases, instructors may wish to hold student grades until all assignments have been graded, and then release grades to all students at the same time. To hide student grades temporarily, an instructor can choose to mark an assignment as "muted". A muted assignment will not send out grade change notifications or any new instructor comments until the assignment is unmuted. A muted assignment displays a "mute" icon on the student grades page so students know the assignment is muted.
- Muting should only be used to temporarily block grading work in progress from student view. It should not be used to conceal grades for longer than reasonably necessary.
- Note: Students can still submit a muted assignment.
- IMPORTANT: For exams and quizzes, we strongly recommend muting an exam or quiz prior to students taking it so they cannot see their scores right away. After all students have taken the quiz and the availability dates have passed, instructors should unmute the exam/quiz column in Canvas.
- Note about Entering Grades: If a student does do not submit a points-based graded activity (i.e. An assignment, quiz or discussion out of 100 points) in your course, please remember to enter a ZERO into that student’s cell in the Gradebook for not completing the activity. Canvas does NOT count any ungraded activities toward the grade calculated in the Total column. If you do not enter in a zero and leave it as a dash, the grade calculated in the Total column will not accurately represent that student’s Total grade. See How do I enter and edit scores in the Gradebook in Canvas? to learn how to manually enter grades in the Gradebook.
- Verify Class List in Rowan Self-Service (Banner)
- Mobile Apps
- Notification Preferences
- Peer Review
- Profile and Settings
- Quizzes, Exams and Surveys
- Rich Content Editor
- Scheduler Tool
- Syllabus Tool
- Turnitin Assignments
Part 7: Wrapping Up Your Course
Part 8: Common Issues
More information and step-by-step instructions can be found in the Canvas Guides by Instructure.